Speedskating consists of both short track and long track competitions and is the most decorated winter sport in the U.S., with 85 Olympic medals. With the start of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Team USA hopes to take that number to over 100! There are six 2014 U.S. Speedskating Olympians who are also participants in the Athlete Career Program. They have been paired with employers that have agreed to provide them a flexible schedule so they can work part-time jobs and continue to train on the ice.
Benefiting from the Athlete Career Program
Speedskater Heather Richardson (pictured) benefited from the program in her lead up to winning the gold medal at the 2013 World Championships. “I believe competing and balancing a job does contribute to my success. GE has really made my employment special by working around my schedule.” Now Heather has been chosen to represent Team USA in the Olympic Winter Games.
The ongoing relationships between athletes and employers have been a big win-win for everyone! Eric Gale, Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare Surgery says “it is important for athletes to gain career experience while they are training because someday their athletic career is going to end. Here at GE Healthcare Surgery it has been fantastic to have our Olympic hopefuls here working with us. They are a fantastic morale boost, create a great motivation among our employees, they are very, very determined and have a fantastic work ethic. We look forward to having them come to work everyday.
Now Modis provides the opportunity for your company to get involved with the Athlete Career Program and bring U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls in to your workplace! Visit our Athlete Career Program page to get started! Watch for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games through February 23 and the Paralympic Winter Games March 7-16. Go Team USA!